Michelob ULTRA Open QA - Danielle Amiee

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 4, 2005, 4:00 pm
Q. This is a big week for you. You won the Big Break III and now you finally get the reward of playing here this week. Just your general thoughts so far?
DANIELLE AMIEE: This one is even a bigger week for me. I'm taking a humble attitude out here. I'm looking up at the girls, hoping to learn something. Everyone has given me a warm welcome here. It has been a warm welcome here. It has been a blessing.
Q. What kind of shape is your game in right now?
DANIELLE AMIEE: I was self taught all the way up through the show. Once I figured out that I won, I decided to work with a coach full time mainly on my short game. I am hoping that it will show up at the right time. I have been working hard. I am very confident.
It was just about the nerves and adrenaline rush. If my scores aren't there, it is due to something else other than my swing.
Q. What are your expectations?
DANIELLE AMIEE: My expectation is to make the cut. That is the good goal to set for myself with an added pressure.
Q. I am from Britain we actually saw some it over there. When did it start and finish?
DANIELLE AMIEE: We filmed it within 12 days, and each day was an episode and was edited and put together into an episode a week. Basically it broke down to 11 episodes total.
Q. So who is the coach that you have?
DANIELLE AMIEE: My new coach is Glen Deck at Pelican Hill Golf Club. Ranked top 100.
Q. What is his name?
DANIELLE AMIEE: Glen Deck. Very high regards to him. He put in a lot of extra hours with me.
Q. Have you seen anything out here in terms of the way women physically hit the ball that surprised you?
DANIELLE AMIEE: When I started to drive through, just driving around the golf course, watching other girls play yesterday, I was surprised to see the consistency with their drivers. These girls are long and straight. I think the tee shot is important out here. It sets up for the second shot and their scoring. I was surprised to see that.
Q. What are your long term goals?
DANIELLE AMIEE: My long term is to stay out here on this tour. I hope that the invite is a stepping stone. I hope that the long term goal is to maintain some credibility out here.
Q. Are you going to go to Tour school?
DANIELLE AMIEE: I made it to finals one year. Struggled through it, but I felt the pressure.
I believe that I can compete with these girls.
Q. What year was that?
DANIELLE AMIEE: It was for the 2003 Tour. I think it was 2003.
Q. What has the response been so for from some of the other players?
DANIELLE AMIEE: It has been great. Half of these people I played with on the FUTURES Tour. There are a lot of a familiar faces. They have been really warmly welcoming me here, including old school faces around the Tour. I might have been shunned; I might have been warmly welcomed.
Q. Do you ever watch the show? Were you able to watch?
DANIELLE AMIEE: Oh, did I ever. Yeah.
Q. What did you think of how you were portrayed? You were more controversial than the other women on the show in terms of your competitiveness. Do you feel like that is how you are?
DANIELLE AMIEE: I learned a lot from the show. You don't really realize your emotions you may wear on your sleeves, as they portrayed me. It is clipped and edited to make for good TV. Quote, unquote, it is a good, realistic, entertaining show.
Q. Was the tension real?
DANIELLE AMIEE: I think the tension was real. That wasn't due to the girl conflicts; it was due to the pressure, the environment, wanting to stay, long hours of the sets. Sometimes we were out until 11:30 at night due to interviews.
Q. So the personality clashes were more created by the situation?
DANIELLE AMIEE: I think it enhanced it. Every girl has different personalities. I believe that, sure, you get ten girls picked around the world to put in this show, there will be some conflicts.
Q. Is everyone on the show still on your Christmas card list?
DANIELLE AMIEE: We all still call. It has been very nice. We laugh about it now.
Q. Since the show was filmed here, is that going to give you some comfort, just the surroundings? You know some of the courses outside, where there you do all those funky drills in competition.
DANIELLE AMIEE: I feel like I haven't left since October. I resaw the whole show; I relived the steps until Tuesday. My plane ticket here was Wednesday. I feel like I have been here, yes.
Q. Could I just ask what made you enter in the first place?
DANIELLE AMIEE: A twist of fate actually got me in to the show. My club maker in Orange County told me he saw something about the Big Break III and I should research the audition spot in California. By the luck of a draw, I was sent on a golf tournament.
I went to Decatur, Illinois to play on a FUTURES Tour. I pulled up to the site. There was an audition for the Big Break III. That event was my first event of the year for the FUTURES Tour and I pulled up right into it.
Q. When did you start playing golf and what is your home course in California?
DANIELLE AMIEE: I was second year in college I was in dental hygiene school, working three jobs, I just decided on the sport of golf, picked up a golf club, hit balls ten hours a day in the summer and got a full scholarship in three weeks. It was to a lesser university but we still competed with bigger schools, like USC. I got to compete. I was very lucky.
Q. What school was that?
DANIELLE AMIEE: Long Beach State.
Q. You picked the game up and within three weeks you had a scholarship?
DANIELLE AMIEE: Yes. An instructor had seen me there on the driving range. They offered me to come in and get some status at the college to see if I had playing time on my clock. I was a full time student in dental hygiene school.
Q. How old were you then?
DANIELLE AMIEE: I was gosh, that is a good question. Time flies so much. I graduated college in '97. That was my senior year. I was 1994, '95. I am 29 now, which is all the controversy I have birth certificates.
Q. There is no age requirement here. Did you play other sports in high school?
DANIELLE AMIEE: In high school it was soccer, I was a softball pitcher for nine years. I was really into softball and gymnastics. That is where I got my timing, flexibility and strength. I moseyed my own way through in college. I graduated high school in three years.
I dated a paraplegic at the time. I had to skip a year of high school to take care of him. It was academically compressed in my scheduling. I went to college at an early age.
Q. When did you turn pro?
DANIELLE AMIEE: You are asking me hard questions. I turned pro, I believe it was the year 2000. '99 or 2000 is when I went to the FUTURES school. Somebody gave me information about Q School. I didn't know what that was. I placed 38. I thought, 'Whoa, I am going to make money at this sport.' 20 missed cuts later...
Q. Did you ever do your dental hygiene?
DANIELLE AMIEE: I worked in dental orthodontics but they didn't offer that at my university.
Q. What were you shooting after three weeks?
DANIELLE AMIEE: 82, about. I was a ball beater, as they consider it. I was a driving range guru; I didn't know much about chipping or putting or scoring.
Q. You haven't played FUTURES event in two years?
DANIELLE AMIEE: Since Decatur, Illinois I tried to play. I played only two last year for the FUTURES Tour. I got the opportunity for the Big Break. I was focusing on getting my game ready.
Q. How weird will it be in competition?
DANIELLE AMIEE: One of my strategies, I didn't want to play on the FUTURES Tour this year. I just picked up a golf course. I didn't want to put my expectation too high or too low. Work on my game, build up some confidence. I wanted to just come out here and just play some golf and see what happens.
Q. How have they been?
DANIELLE AMIEE: They have been nice. I played with Natalie Gulbis yesterday. Her reality show. It was really nice to get that pressure starting to feel what it is like to be here with the big names in golf. Her approach shots are phenomenal.
This girl is beautiful and has a great game to back it up.
Q. How different is your game now before meeting your instructor?
DANIELLE AMIEE: I think the difference between now and then is I understand where the swing is developing from. If I get in some trouble on the days I am off, I can find my way back. We have been working on wedge play. My other part of my swing takes on its on course. I got a lot of more control now then I had.
Q. What are the expectations for you?
DANIELLE AMIEE: My realistic expectations are to make the cut. I think it is a good goal. I think it is suitable to believe that that is possible for me.
Q. You received a car for winning too?
DANIELLE AMIEE: I gave the car away. Somebody has been helping me out, been supportive of me financially and positive in a way that you can't compete out here if you don't have your personal life in order with the right support. You can't compete out here. It was a gift of gratitude, to say 'thank you'.
Q. Was there a course you played in California?
DANIELLE AMIEE: Costa Mesa, a golf club. Tiger Woods used to play out there as well. The staff there is the most generous I have ever met. They gave me course time and balls at no expense. They have been helping me get to this point right now. If it wasn't for them I might not be here.
Q. Are there any other benefits that the Golf Channel gave you?
DANIELLE AMIEE: That is really hard because Big Break III finale confidentiality ended on Tuesday the 26th. I had a plane ticket on the 27th.
You know, I am taking it in a low level. If something happens, I would be gracious and excited to accept it.
Q. Has the stretch from October to now been difficult, the pressure of having to keep quiet?
DANIELLE AMIEE: It was very difficult, and then to see how sound bites were edited, things taken out of context, you kind of mentally question yourself.
The best part is that everybody out there is supportive of me.
Q. Has the pressure been building that this day is coming?
DANIELLE AMIEE: I think today is probably the most pressure, and tomorrow morning my heart will be racing. I hope I can get that under control.
Q. Are you going to look for other exemptions on tour this year as well?
DANIELLE AMIEE: Yeah, absolutely. I would be honored to fill that spot. If not, I understand.
I am here through a television show and some celebrities that brought me here. I am under a humble statement and appreciate being here. I tell every girl here, 'Thank you for welcoming me here.'
Q. When the show started I believe there were four exemptions, when you won they said it was two.
DANIELLE AMIEE: We were all told that it was exemptions in the LPGA, including one at Kingsmill. That was the way it was stated in the contracts. We were left in the dark when we were filling in here. We didn't know what event we would be playing. I am doing Kingsmill, Corning Classic, and a celebrity event in Reno Tahoe so far. Depending on how I play, I am sure other sponsors may ask me to come in and fill some spots this year.
Q. If not, what is the plan?
DANIELLE AMIEE: The plan is to work with the coach. My goal would be Q School at the end of the year. A good strategic plan of how to get my game from a B-plus to an A-minus.
Q. But no more FUTURES Tour?
DANIELLE AMIEE: The FUTURES Tour was a great developmental tour. It keeps you skilled if you are not in between events. Unfortunately the expense is more incoming than outgoing. It was not a long term goal. There is not much return in the FUTURES Tour unfortunately. Those girls are shooting 14 under in three rounds of golf. The courses are not in any good a shape as the LPGA or PGA Tour. That is a strong field on the FUTURES Tour.
Q. Have you ever played here while you were filming the show?
DANIELLE AMIEE: We played on the river course due to weather. The course was dormant.
We played 16 and 17. Hole 16, we did long drive and we did breaking of the glasses.
The rest of it was shot between the Plantation and the Woods. The Woods course is where the match play was, where I won.
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    First Look: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play groups

    By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 2:20 am

    AUSTIN, Texas – Although professional golf’s version of March Madness is considered just plain maddening in some circles following the switch to round-robin play three years ago, it’s still one of the game’s most compelling weeks after a steady diet of stroke play.

    With this week’s lineup having been set Monday night via a blind draw, we take a deep dive into WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play bracketology (current world golf rankings in parentheses):

    Pool play will begin Wednesday, with the winner from each of the 16 groups advancing to knockout play beginning Saturday:

    Group 1: (1) Dustin Johnson, (32) Kevin Kisner, (38) Adam Hadwin, (52) Bernd Wiesberger

    Teeing off: This sounds like the beginning of a joke that’s made the rounds at the United Nations, but what do you get when a pair of South Carolinians, a Canadian and an Austrian walk onto the first tee? Group 1 and what, on paper, looks like it could be the week’s most lopsided pod with the world No. 1, who never trailed on his way to victory last year, poised to pick up where he left off.

    Group 2: (2) Justin Thomas, (21) Francesco Molinari, (48) Patton Kizzire, (60) Luke List

    Teeing off: This isn’t exactly an Iron Bowl rematch, but having Thomas (Alabama) and Kizzire (Auburn) in the same group seems to be pandering to the Southeastern Conference crowd.

    Group 3: (3) Jon Rahm, (28) Kiradech Aphibarnrat, (43) Chez Reavie, (63) Keegan Bradley

    Teeing off: The Asian John Daly (aka Aphibarnrat) will have his hands full with Rahm, who lost the championship match to Johnson last year; while Bradley may be this group’s Cinderella after making a late push to qualify for the Match Play.

    Group 4: (4) Jordan Spieth, (19) Patrick Reed, (34) Haotong Li, (49) Charl Schwartzel

    Teeing off: This may be the week’s most awkward pairing, with Spieth and Reed turning what has been one of the United States' most successful tandems (they are 7-2-2 as partners in Presidents and Ryder Cup play) into an early-week highlight. It will be “shhh” vs. “Go Get that.”

    Group 5: (5) Hideki Matsuyama, (30) Patrick Cantlay, (46) Cameron Smith, (53) Yusaku Miyazato

    Teeing off: Cantlay could be the Tour’s most reserved player, Smith isn’t much more outspoken and Matsuyama and Miyazato speak limited English. This will be the quietest pod, and it’ll have nothing to do with gamesmanship.

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    Group 6: (6) Rory McIlroy, (18) Brian Harman, (44) Jhonattan Vegas, (51) Peter Uihlein

    Teeing off: We're going to declare this the “group of death,” with McIlroy coming off a commanding victory last week at Bay Hill and Harman being one of the Tour’s most gritty competitors.

    Group 7: (7) Sergio Garcia, (20) Xander Schauffele, (41) Dylan Frittelli, (62) Shubankhar Sharma

    Teeing off: Three weeks ago, Phil Mickelson confused Sharma for a member of the media when he tried to introduce himself at the WGC-Mexico Championship. As a public service announcement: it’s SHAR-ma. You may be hearing it a lot this week.

    Group 8: (8) Jason Day, (25) Louis Oosthuizen, (42) Jason Dufner, (56) James Hahn

    Teeing off: This pod has a Presidents Cup flair to it, but Day and Oosthuizen should hope for a better outcome considering the International side’s awful record in the biennial bout.

    Group 9: (9) Tommy Fleetwood, (26) Daniel Berger, (33) Kevin Chappell, (58) Ian Poulter

    Teeing off: We showed up in Austin and a Ryder Cup broke out. Fleetwood is all but a lock to make this year’s European team, and fellow Englishman Poulter (23-14) has forged a career on his match-play prowess. For Berger and Chappell, who both played last year’s Presidents Cup, it’s a chance to impress U.S. captain Jim Furyk.

    Group 10: (10) Paul Casey, (31) Matthew Fitzpatrick, (45) Kyle Stanley, (51) Russell Henley

    Teeing off: Casey has a stellar record at the Match Play (23-13-1) and having finally ended his victory drought two weeks ago at the Valspar Championship the Englishman could likely seal his Ryder Cup fate with a solid week at Austin Country Club.

    Group 11: (11) Marc Leishman, (23) Branden Grace, (35) Bubba Watson, (64) Suri

    Teeing off: The best part of March Madness is the potential upsets, and while Suri, the last man in the field, isn’t exactly UMBC over Virginia, don’t be surprised if the little-known player from St. Augustine, Fla., stuns some big names this week.

    Group 12: (12) Tyrrell Hatton, (22) Charley Hoffman, (36) Brendan Steele, (55) Alexander Levy

    Teeing off: If Levy hopes to make the European Ryder Cup team he should consider this his audition. That is if captain Thomas Bjorn is watching.

    Group 13: (13) Alex Noren, (29) Tony Finau, (39) Thomas Pieters, (61) Kevin Na

    Teeing off:  Finau and Pieters have the firepower to play with anyone in the field and Noren’s record the last few months has been impressive, but Na looks like one of those Princeton teams who can wear down anyone.

    Group 14: (14) Phil Mickelson, (17) Rafael Cabrera-Bello, (40) Sotashi Kodaira, (59) Charles Howell III

    Teeing off: Mickelson has been rejuvenated by his victory at the last World Golf Championship, Cabrera Bello is poised to earn a spot on this year’s European Ryder Cup team and Howell is playing some of the best golf of his career. Note to Kodaira, don’t try to introduce yourself to Lefty before your match. 

    Group 15: (15) Pat Perez, (24) Gary Woodland, (37) Webb Simpson, (50) Si Woo Kim

    Teeing off: Perez explained that during a practice round on Monday he was talking trash with Branden Grace. Not sure Kim will be down for some trash talking, but it would certainly be entertaining and probably a little confusing for him.

    Group 16: (16) Matt Kuchar, (27) Ross Fisher, (47) Yuta Ikeda, (54) Zach Johnson

    Teeing off: If any of these matches comes down to a tie, may we suggest officials go to a sudden-death ping-pong match. No one can compete with Kuchar on a table, but it would be must-see TV nonetheless.

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    Randall's Rant: Hey, loudmouth, you're not funny

    By Randall MellMarch 19, 2018, 10:30 pm

    Dear misguided soul:

    You know who you are.

    You’re “that guy.”

    You’re that guy following around Rory McIloy and yelling “Erica” at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    There was something creepy in the nature of your bid to get in McIlroy’s head, in the way you hid in the shadows all day. Bringing a guy’s wife into the fray that way, it’s as funny as heavy breathing on the other end of a phone call.

    You’re that guy telling Justin Thomas you hope he hits it in the water at the Honda Classic.

    There are a million folks invested in seeing if Thomas can muster all the skills he has honed devoting himself to being the best in the world, and you’re wanting to dictate the tournament’s outcome. Yeah, that’s what we all came out to see, if the angry guy living in his mother’s basement can make a difference in the world. Can’t-miss TV.

    You’re that guy who is still screaming “Mashed Potatoes” at the crack of a tee shot or “Get in the Hole” with the stroke of a putt.

    Amusing to you, maybe, but as funny as a fart in an elevator to the rest of us.

    As a growing fraternity of golf fans, you “guys” need a shirt. It could say, “I’m that guy” on one side and “Phi Kappa Baba Booey” on the other.

    I know, from outside of golf, this sounds like a stodgy old geezer screaming “Get off my lawn.” That’s not right, though. It’s more like “Stop puking on my lawn.”

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    Because McIlroy is right, in the growing number of incidents players seem to be dealing with now, it’s probably the liquor talking.

    The Phoenix Open is golf’s drunken uncle, but he isn’t just visiting on the holiday now. He’s moving in.

    What’s a sport to do?

    McIlroy suggested limiting liquor sales at tournaments, restricting alcohol consumption to beer.

    I don’t know, when the beer’s talking, it sounds a lot like the liquor talking to me, just a different dialect.

    From the outside, this push-back from players makes them sound like spoiled country club kids who can’t handle the rough-and-tumble playgrounds outside their prim little bailiwick. This isn’t really about social traditions, though. It’s about competition.

    It’s been said here before, and it’s worth repeating, golf isn’t like baseball, basketball or football. Screaming in a player’s backswing isn’t like screaming at a pitcher, free-throw shooter or field-goal kicker. A singular comment breaking the silence in golf is more like a football fan sneaking onto the sidelines and tripping a receiver racing toward the end zone.

    Imagine the outrage if that happened in an NFL game.

    So, really, what is golf to do?

    Equip marshals with tasers? Muzzle folks leaving the beer tent? Prohibit alcohol sales at tournaments?

    While the first proposition would make for good TV, it probably wouldn’t be good for growing the sport.

    So, it’s a tough question, but golf’s governing bodies should know by now that drunken fans can’t read those “Quiet Please!” signs that marshals wave. There will have to be better enforcement (short of tasers and muzzles).

    There’s another thing about all of this, too. Tiger Woods is bringing such a broader fan base to the game again, with his resurgence. Some of today’s younger players, they didn’t experience all that came with his ascendance his first time around. Or they didn’t get the full dose of Tigermania when they were coming up.

    This is no knock on Tigermania. It’s great for the game, but there are challenges bringing new fans into the sport and keeping them in the sport.

    So if you’re “that guy,” welcome to our lawn, just don’t leave your lunch on it, please.


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    How Faxon became 'The Putting Stroke Whisperer'

    By Rex HoggardMarch 19, 2018, 9:39 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas – During a charity event a few years ago Brad Faxon was asked what he’s thinking about when he putts. A hush fell across the green as everyone within earshot eagerly awaited the answer.

    Imagine having the chance to quiz Leonardo da Vinci about the creative process, or Ben Hogan on the finer points of ball-striking. Arguably the best putter of his generation, if anyone could crack the complicated code of speed, line and pace, it would be Faxon.

    Faxon mulled the question for a moment, shrugged and finally said, “Rhythm and tempo.”

    If Faxon’s take seems a tad underwhelming, and it did that day to everyone in his group, the genius of his simplicity was on display last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    Before arriving at Bay Hill, Rory McIlroy ranked 124th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained: putting, losing .1 strokes per round to the field. In fact, he’d missed the cut a week earlier at the Valspar Championship when he needed 58 putts for two days and made just a single attempt over 10 feet.

    It’s one of those competitive ironies that having the weekend off turned out to be just what McIlroy needed. He went home to South Florida to work on his game and ran across Faxon at The Bear’s Club.

    Although Faxon’s take on the art of putting was probably more involved than it had been a few years earlier, he seemed to have touched on all the right points.

    “Freed up my head more than my stroke,” McIlroy explained. “I sort of felt like maybe complicating things a bit and thinking a little bit too much about it and maybe a little bogged down by technical or mechanical thoughts.”

    Earlier in the week McIlroy had a slightly different take on his putting turnaround at Bay Hill, where he led the field in strokes gained: putting, picking up 10 shots for the week, and rolled in 49 feet of putts over his last five holes to end a victory drought that had stretched back to the 2016 Tour Championship.

    “Just playing around with it. Seeing balls go in in the front edge, trying to hit them in the left edge, the right edge, hit them off the back of the cup,” he said on Thursday. “Just trying to get a little bit more feel into it and a little more flow.”

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    If that doesn’t exactly sound like an exact science, welcome to the Faxon way. In recent years, he’s become something of the game's "Putting Stroke Whisperer," which is no huge surprise considering his status as one of the game’s best on the greens.

    Between 1991, the year he won the first of eight Tour titles, through 2005, the year he won his last, Faxon ranked outside the top 20 in putting average just four times, and he led the circuit in that category three of those years. But in recent years he’s come into his own as a putting guru.

    “The first clinic I attended that a Tour player gave, it was Hale Irwin, and he talked about rhythm and tempo, I was disappointed because I wanted to hear more than that,” Faxon explained. “I thought there would be more technical stuff. I thought it was the default phrase to take pressure off the player, but the more I’ve learned about teaching the best players in the world don’t have many complicated thoughts.”

    Faxon’s career has been nothing short of impressive, his eight Tour titles spanning two decades; but it’s his work with players like McIlroy and Gary Woodland that has inspired him in recent years.

    A man who has spent his life studying the nuances of the golf swing and putting stroke has created a teaching philosophy as simple, or complicated depending on the player, as rhythm and tempo.

    “He teaches me, which is a good thing. He doesn’t have a philosophy,” Woodland said. “I was around him a lot in 2011, 2010, it’s unbelievable how well he can relay it now. He has video of a million guys putting and he’s one of the best to do it, but he can show you that you don’t have to do it one certain way and that was good for me.”

    For Woodland, Faxon keyed in on his background as a college basketball player and compared the putting stroke to how he shoots free-throws. For McIlroy, it was a different sport but the concept remained the same.

    “We were talking about other sports where you have to create your own motion, a free-throw shooter, a baseball pitcher, but what related to him was a free-kicker in soccer, he mentioned Wayne Rooney,” Faxon said. “You have to have something to kick start your motion, maybe it’s a trigger, some might use a forward press, or tapping the putter like Steve Stricker, sometimes it’s finding the trigger like that for a player.”

    Faxon spent “a good two hours” with McIlroy last weekend at The Bear’s Club, not talking technique or method, but instead tapping into the intuitive nature of what makes someone a good putter. Midway through that session Faxon said he didn’t need to say another word.

    The duo ended the session with a putting contest. Putting 30-footers to different holes, the goal was to make five “aces.” Leading the contest 4-2, Faxon couldn’t resist.

    “Hey Rory, after you win Bay Hill this week you’ll have to tell the world you lost to Brad Faxon in a putting contest,” Faxon joked.

    McIlroy proceeded to hole three of his next four attempts to win the contest. “I’m going to tell everyone I beat Brad Faxon in a putting contest,” McIlroy laughed.

    Maybe it’s the way he’s able to so easily simplify an exceedingly complicated game, maybe it’s a resume filled with more clutch putts than one could count. Whatever it is, Faxon is good at teaching. More importantly, he’s having fun and doing something he loves.

    “I have a hard time being called a teacher or a coach, it was more of a conversation with Rory, being able to work with someone like Rory is as excited as I’ve ever been in my career,” Faxon said. “It meant much more to me than it did Rory.”

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    Frittelli fulfilled promise by making Match Play field

    By Rex HoggardMarch 19, 2018, 8:40 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas – Dylan Frittelli attended the University of Texas and still maintains a residence in Austin, so in an odd way this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is a home game for the South African who plays the European Tour.

    Frittelli actually attended the event last year as a spectator, when he watched the quarterfinal matches on Saturday afternoon, and made a promise to himself.

    “I told a lot of people, I was running into them. I said, ‘I'll be here next year, I'll be playing in this tournament,’” said Frittelli, who climbed to 45th in the world ranking after two victories last year in Europe. “People looked at me, you're 190 in the world, that's hard to get to 64. It was a goal I set myself.”

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    Frittelli’s next goal may be a little payback for a loss he suffered in college when he was a teammate of Jordan Spieth’s. Frittelli is making his first start at the Match Play and could face his old Longhorn stable mate this week depending on how the brackets work out and his play.

    “We had the UT inter-team championship. Coach switched it to match play my senior year, and Jordan beat me in the final at UT Golf Club. It was 3 and 2,” Frittelli said. “So I'm not too keen to face him again.